Why is there an export charge on buffalo export?
The Australian Government introduces levies and export charges at the request of industry. These levies variously fund research and development, marketing, residue testing, plant and animal biosecurity programs and emergency responses for industry.
The buffalo export charge funds Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) buffalo research and development (R&D). To find out more, visit RIRDC.
What is the export charge payable on?
Export charge is payable on live buffalo produced in Australia and exported from Australia.
Who pays the export charge? Who submits returns?
The producer—that is, the person who owned the buffalo immediately before export from Australia—is liable to pay the export charge and submit return forms to the Department of Agriculture - Levies.
If the producer exports the product through an exporting agent, the agent must pay the charge and submit all return forms to the Department of Agriculture - Levies on behalf of the producer. The agent can recover the amount of charge paid from the producer (the owner of the product at the time of export).
Download a return form or contact your Levies state office.
What is the export charge rate on buffalo export?
Buffalo export charge: $4.60 per head.
Rates are current as at 1 October 2013.
Australian Government levies exclude GST.
Are there any exemptions from this export charge?
No exemptions apply.
When is the payment due?
The return together with payment must be submitted to the Department of Agriculture - Levies within 28 days of the end of the month in which the live buffalo were exported. For example, the return and payment for the month of July are due on or before 28 August.
General information and definitions
The export charge rate is calculated per head.
What legislation covers this export charge?
A legislative framework of imposition, collection and disbursement legislation authorises and supports Australia’s primary industries levies system. These are the relevant Acts:
Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999
Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
Please note that, under section 27 of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991, an authorised Department of Agriculture officer can release the names and addresses of levy payers to industry bodies and levy recipient organisations.
Download the legislation from ComLaw or call CanPrint Information Services on 02 6293 8383 to purchase a copy.
This information sheet is a guide only and does not substitute for the relevant legislation.